The Way of Love (The Bhagavata Doctrine of Bhakti)

The Way of Love (The Bhagavata Doctrine of Bhakti)

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Item Code: IHD86
Author: Subhash Anand
Publisher: Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd.
Language: English
Edition: 1996
ISBN: 8121506654
Pages: 247
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details: 8.8" X 5.8"
About the Book:

In this study, the author discusses the sadhana presented by the Bhagavata-purana and this is essentially the bhakti-marga, the way of love. After some preliminary remarks about the Puranas in general and the Bhagavata-purana in particular, the author attempts to describe the sadhya (man as a pilgrim), the sadhya (God as the Supreme Lover), and the sadhana (bhakti as the universal and the most effective way to attain God). The book then draws the attention of the reader to the possible obstacles he may encounter in his spiritual journey, while at the same time assuring him that the guidance of a good guide, the fellowship of other devotees and some other aids will assist him in his pilgrimage. Love is not only the way, but also the goal (prayojana), and hence the study concludes by presenting moksa as sa-prema-bhakti-yoga, that is a union of loving devotion, between God and man, Bhagavan and his bhakta.

About the Author:

Subhash Anand (b. 1943) is professor of Hindu Philosophy and Religion at Jnanadeep Vidyapeeth, Pune. Besides two books: The Local Church and Inculturation (1985), and Major Hindu Festivals: A Christian Appreciation (1991, rep. 1993), he has published numerous articles in journals.

Contents

Preface
Acknowledgement

Chapter 1
Introduction

Chapter 2
The Pilgrim and His Destiny

Chapter 3
The Supreme Lover

Chapter 4
Bhakti: The Way to God

Chapter 5
Bhakti: The Only Way for All

Chapter 6
Obstacles to Bhakti

Chapter 7
Spiritual Discipleship

Chapter 8
Satsanga: The Company of Saints

Chapter 9
Other Aids to Bhakti

Chapter 10
Bhakti as Man's Final Fulfilment

Bibliography
General Index
Index of Bhagavata Passages


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